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Jewish gun club sues Gov. Hochul to allow concealed weapons in synagogues

October 3, 2022

A group of Jewish gun owners filed a lawsuit last Friday against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s gun laws, saying they infringe on their religious freedom as well as their right to bear arms.

The New York State Jewish Gun Club, a Rockland County-based firearms club, funded and put together the lawsuit, which was filed on Sept. 29 in the Southern...

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These Buddhists fled communist Vietnam. Now, in a temple in New Britain, they are celebrating decades in Connecticut.

October 3, 2022

The Vietnamese Buddhists of the Hai An Pagoda in New Britain have much to celebrate

Many of the members are refugees from the country that was ripped apart by war until the south fell to the communist north in 1975. The temple was founded in Bloomfield that year by those who had escaped.

Then as the boat people escaped, peaking in 1978 and 1979, the temple grew, moving to their pagoda on Cherry Street.

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Native Americans' decades-long struggle for control over sacred lands is making progress

October 3, 2022

The ConversationWho should manage public land that is sacred to Native Americans?

That is the question that the United States government and some states hope recent policy changes will address by giving Indigenous people greater input into managing such land. Co-management, as the policy is called, might ...

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On day of fasting, D.C. Jewish group plans a controversial event: Lunch

October 2, 2022

When they gather on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year and a traditional time of fasting, some members of D.C.’s Jewish community will bring something unexpected: food.

They might pack soup or a turkey sandwich, leftover pasta or a PB&J. What matters is that they’re choosing to eat on Wednesday, when Jewish law commands most of the faithful to abstain from food and drink.

The lunch meetup, hosted by the Jewish young adult group...

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After Supreme Court backs praying coach, no sweeping changes

October 1, 2022

Across the ideological spectrum, there were predictions of dramatic consequences when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a public high school football coach’s right to pray on the field after games.

Yet three months after the decision — and well into the football season — there’s no sign that large numbers of coaches have been newly inspired to follow Joseph Kennedy’s high-profile example.

“I don’t think there has been a noticeable uptick in these sorts of situations,” said Chris Line, an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for...

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AP-NORC poll: On game day, some see prayer as a Hail Mary

October 1, 2022

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary.

In fact, she said the prayer several times as she watched the 1986 Super Bowl, pairing the intercession to the Holy Mother with two other rosary staples — the Our Father and the Glory Be — before her team defeated the New England Patriots 46-10 and took home their first and only Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“I was ecstatic, but I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

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Sikh student detained on UNC campus for wearing kirpan, curved dagger central to faith

September 26, 2022

Officials at a North Carolina university are being criticized after an incident in which a Sikh student was detained for wearing a kirpan, a curved dagger carried by some Sikhs as part of their faith.

The incident took place Thursday in a student union building at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A 44-second video of the...

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Prom or Passover? Schools making progress on accommodating the diversity of Santa Cruz County

September 26, 2022

Debra Feldstein is a bit frustrated, and cautiously optimistic.

Since her older child started going to school 11 years ago, she’s been asking teachers, principals and administrators if they could consider not having picture day, school dances or crucial testing happen on important Jewish holidays, such as the Rosh Hashana New Year’s celebration happening this week.

“I have been fighting this battle every year for 11 years,” she told Lookout on Wednesday. Now, given new efforts to respond to such concerns by both the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and some...

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An Anti-Muslim Symbol From India Is Paraded on Main Street, New Jersey

September 25, 2022

The India Day Parade featured a pretty standard lineup of festival fare.

A Bollywood actress waved to fans from the top of a handmade float. Indian flags fluttered in the breeze. Flashy cars and quirky ads (“Kidney donors are sexy,” read one) passed by.

Then, toward the middle of the caravan, came a small, yellow piece of construction equipment decorated with photos of India’s prime minister and a hard-line protégé who has been called “...

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